Jays make it Buffalo night in K.C.

It will be Bisons Battery Night at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Monday.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons confirmed that right-hander pitcher Sean Reid-Foley will start with Danny Jansen catching against the Royals. Both were just recalled from the triple-A Buffalo Bisons this weekend.

“I don’t know what to expect to be honest with ya,” said Gibbons of Reid-Foley, who went 12-4 with a 2.98 ERA over a combined 23 starts at Buffalo and double-A New Hampshire this season. “You never really do. He’ll be excited, sometimes you get too excited, but you know we didn’t know what to expect out of (Ryan) Borucki and look what he’s done.

“Debut,” Gibbons added.

“Those can be really good or they can be really bad.”
Gibbons expects Jansen will catch a lot of games the rest of the year because the club’s main catcher, Russell Martin, will be playing third with Josh Donaldson and Yangervis Solarte hurt.

“He’s here to play, otherwise it doesn’t do him any good being here,” said Gibbons.

“He knows some of the guys on the staff, he’s caught them this year. We’ll get a pretty good look at him.”

Gibbons said calling up an organization’s top prospects excites the fan base, particularly if the team is not doing well.

STRO VOWS STARTS
Veteran starter Marcus Stroman vowed that a blister problem on his right middle finger that he’s been experiencing this season will not side-track him, even though he was forced to leave Sunday’s game against the Rays after five innings because of it.

“It is what it is. I’m a competitor. I’m going to get through it, I’m going to make my starts,” said Stroman. “My body and my arm are feeling great, that’s the most frustrating part. My pitches feel great. I had to essentially go to two pitches (on Sunday). I just threw sinker/cutter because I could put pressure on my curve ball or slider. But I feel good man.

“I feel like now I’m just getting to the point where I’m really getting back to myself and this pops up, but it’s something I’ve gone through (all season),” the right-hander added.

“It’s frustrating but I’ll continue to be out there every fifth day making my starts.”

When asked if he blister issues are the result of the new balls, Stroman replied: “No comment. I’m not going elaborate on that. It is what it is. The balls are the balls. I’m concerned about my making finger better and making my next start.”

AROUND THE DIAMOND
RHP Danny Barnes, who pitched 0.2 innings of relief on Sunday, giving up a hit, has been optioned. Barnes has a 4.50 ERA and debuted with the Jays in 2016. … Martin doubled on Sunday and has now reached base in each of his last 10 games with a plate appearance, batting .400 (12-for-30 with three doubles, three homers, six RBI and seven walks over that stretch with a.526 OBP … Shortstop Aledmys Diaz went 1-for-3 with a double. Coming into Sunday’s game since the All-Star break, he is ranked fourth in slugging (.754), fifth in OPS (1.113), seventh in average (.344) and tied for 10th in extra base hits (11).

NATE’S ON THE MOVE
Prior to Sunday’s game at the Rogers Centre, the umpires met with Nate McCarthy of Cambridge, Ont. who wants to be an umpire when he grows up. The 12- year-old is dominating fund- raising efforts for the Rotary Classic Superhero Run. Nate has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair for mobility and sitting. He loves sports and has been to five Jays games already this year.

He goes horseback riding, skis with a sit ski and plays sledge hockey for the Woolwich Thrashers.

Source:: Toronto Sun – Movies